This is an article from a local Brighton newspaper during WWII. My grandmother is Doris Crossfield, the daughter mentioned in the article married to George Williams. I’ve been doing a lot of family history research lately and have become fascinated by these Battling Brighton Brothers.
Grandad never left Brighton
Ronald, mentioned in the article and known to his friends as Dusty, went on to be part of the early S.A.S, and gets a mention in Gavin Mortimer’s book ‘Sterling’s Men’ about the regiment’s early days. At the other extreme, my grandad George never got a chance to leave Brighton throughout the whole war, spending the entire period on an AA gun battery in his home town.
Home safe and sound
The most wonderful thing I can tell you about this story, that the article couldn’t yet tell you (obviously it was written during the war), was that according to my father all the men of the Crossfield family, and the brothers-in-law, came home safe and sound after the conflict. If anyone can tell me anything further about any of the Crossfields, details on when this article came out, or any other connected information, I would love to hear from you.
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